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Field Botany Certificate of Proficiency

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The Certificate of Proficiency in Field Botany provides 24 semester credit hours in botany, the minimal botany course work needed for federal job code 0430, botanist. This certificate can be earned as a stand alone certificate, as a +1 with the Biology AS, or while working on a Botany BS. An additional 5 credit hours in botany and an appropriate mathematics course are required beyond the requirements for the botany minor.

  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Grade Requirements: Students completing a certificate in Field Botany must have a minimum grade of “C” in all courses used toward the certificate (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable).
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 27-28 credit hours is required for the certificate.
  • Program Code: 6045CP
  • CIPC: 260301


Advisor: Dr. Barbara Wachocki, 801-626-7223, bwachocki@weber.edu

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • The chemical and molecular machinations operating within all biological processes.
  • The centrality of genetic systems’ governance of life’s actions from the cellular to the phyletic
  • The coordinated regulation of integrated cellular systems and their effect on the physiological functioning of organisms
  • The dynamic interaction of living systems with each other and their environments
  • The transforming role of evolution in changing life forms and how evolution explains both the unity and diversity of life.
  • The Process of Science: Students will use observational strategies to test hypotheses and critically evaluate experimental evidence.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Students will represent diverse experimental data sets graphically and apply statistical methods to them.
  • Communication: Students will disseminate results of experiments in a variety of presentation formats to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Sustainability: Students will use their knowledge of biology to address environmental issues and solutions.
  • Basic Lab Techniques (For example: pipetting, light microscopy)
  • Lab Safety (For example: chemical hygiene, sharpsm waste management)
  • Navigation (For example: GPS, mapping, remote sensing)
  • Plant Identification (For example: Dichotomous keying, common Utah flora, curating specimens)
  • Plant Community Sampling (For example: plot selection and design, sampling strategies, vegetation sampling methods)
  • Field Safety (For example: minimizing risk from field hazards in remote areas such as weather, travel, wild animals, and terrain)
  • Record Keeping (For example: field notebook)

Course Requirements

Required courses (22-23 credit hours)

Botany Electives (Minimum 5 credit hours)

Select courses from the list below to reach a minimum of 24 total BTNY credit hours for the certificate.

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